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Indie Bookstores in Pennsylvania

The best list of independent Pennsylvania bookstores

 

Books, Cafe, Curiosities - Come Enlighten Yourself

  • City Title Carlisle
  • Address 1 129 W. High St.
  • Phone (717) 243-4744

We are an independent full service book store (both retail and wholesale) and cafe. Personalized professional service is our focus. Finding whatever book you seek—or at the very least, its status—is our specialty. Let us help with your literary needs!

Gently Used Books is located in the Douglassville Shopping Center in Douglassville, PA. We have over 100,000 books! In addition to our store, we also ship books anywhere in the USA! Visit our website for more details and valuable coupons!

  • City Title Easton
  • Address 1 3701 William Penn Hwy
  • Phone (610) 438-4464
  • Type Used books
We are a used book store in Palmer Township. We have over 30,000 books from many different genres. Come by and get yourself Hooked on a Book or two!
  • City Title Elkins Park
  • Address 1 7900 High School Rd.
  • Phone (267) 627-4888
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
Open Book runs classes, workshops and events for readers, writers, and thinkers. We also run the Open Book Bookstore with a wide selection of new books.

Let's Play Books! is a small children's bookstore with books and some toys/games for ages infant through Young Adult. We may not have every book, but we do have a selection of hand picked titles and can always help you find the right book. We also offer a ton of programs and events: author visits, story times, play/game times, art/activities, and general silliness.

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  • Address 1 56 S. 4th St.
  • Phone (610) 966-3114
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Events Author Signings

Now and Then Books is a bookstore featuring gently used and collectible books. We are located at 56 South 4th Street, (Corner of 4th and Broad St.) Emmaus, Pennsylvania. We sell used fiction of all flavors, including science fiction & fantasy, horror, mysteries & thrillers, children's & young adult, romance, contemporary fiction & literature, mass-market paperbacks, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, audiobooks, and collectibles. We also carry a small selection of new books and a variety of gift items for booklovers.

Northwest PA's biggest used book, comic book, and gaming store!

  • Address 1 3514 Liberty St, Liberty Plaza
  • Phone (814) 864-1565
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Werner Books is a new and used bookstore. We also offer a paperback exchange program that allows you to bring in your previously read paperbacks and earn credit towards your next purchase of used books.

  • City Title Exton
  • Address 1 549 Wellington Square
  • Phone (610) 458-1144
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

We are a history bookstore in historic downtown Gettysburg. We specialize in military history.

  • City Title Hanover
  • Address 1 125 Broadway
  • Phone (717) 630-2524
  • Type New books
Creative art studio for classes and book sales in related subjects: art instruction, table books, craft, history, design, color, local destinations and tourism, and local western PA authors.
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  • Address 1 Harrisburg Transportation Ctr. 4th & Market St.
  • Phone (717) 232-7775
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Transit News is the world's best train station newsstand. In addition to regular newsstand fare, we keep more than 300 classic paperback titles in stock and have everything a traveler needs. Snacks, food, great coffee, soft drinks, souvenirs, train toys, phone chargers, and more. Books of regional interest and about trains for children and older train enthusiasts are also offered. Our collection of more than 1600 train songs serves as the shop's background music.
  • City Title Haverford
  • Address 1 17 Haverford Station Rd.
  • Phone (610) 642-6274
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's

We are a locally owned family business. Please stop in to see us for some great deals on books and more. In addition to new releases and best sellers, we have a huge selection of new bargain books that are ticketed at 40% to 80% off list price.

  • City Title Kutztown
  • Address 1 271 W Main St.
  • Phone (484) 648-2712
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Located in downtown Kutztown, Firefly Bookstore is an independently-owned and operated new and used bookstore. We carry a great selection of titles including large sections of children's books, general fiction, sci-fi, religion & metaphysics, cooking, history and biography. 

  • City Title Lancaster
  • Address 1 401 W. Lemon St.
  • Phone (717) 823-6605
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • City Title Ligonier
  • Address 1 139 E. Main St.
  • Phone (724) 238-7933
  • City Title Lititz
  • Address 1 35 E. Main St.
  • Phone (717) 627-1990
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • City Title Mechanicsburg
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  • Address 1 6 Clouser Rd.
  • Phone (717) 795-7470
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Mystery
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop has specialized in Mystery, Spy, Thriller and Horror books since 1990. Our inventory also includes true crime/forensics. Located in south central Pennsylvania, our shelves are filled with new and used books by authors ranging from Agatha Christie to Arthur Conan Doyle ... James Patterson to Tess Gerritsen. We offer themed gift baskets starting at $30. On our website, we offer not only a complete range of mystery, spy, thriller and horror ... you can order anything from books on antiques and collectibles to gardening.
  • City Title Narberth
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  • Address 1 209 Haverford Ave.
  • Phone (610) 668-1545
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings

Opened in 2002, Character Development is a brick & mortar bookstore featuring children’s books for babies through young adults. We offer all genres of fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on education, the arts, science, nature, and people, places & cultures. We also have a wide range of toys and educational items that complement our books and foster a child’s desire to read, play, explore, imagine, and create, while also promoting a lifelong reverence for people, animals, and the environment.

A general interest bookstore with a forward-thinking attitude, smart selection, and a warm, inviting atmosphere.

  • City Title New Hope
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  • Address 1 44 S. Main St.
  • Phone (215) 862-2452
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
We are a large family run independent bookstore that has been in business for 47 years. We are a general purpose bookstore with a large selection of small presses. We have a cat.
  • City Title Newtown
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  • Address 1 2835 S. Eagle Rd.
  • Phone (215) 968-2400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Newtown Bookshop is an independent bookshop with its location in the Village of Newtown Shopping Center. We offer a great selection of books, unique gifts and greeting cards and a staff that helps you find that perfect book!
  • City Title Oakmont
  • Address 1 514 Allegheny River Blvd.
  • Phone (412) 828-4877 or (888) 800-6078
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Mystery
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  • Address 1 4530 Baltimore Ave.
  • Phone (215) 662-5780
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Bindlestiff Books is a volunteer-run neighborhood bookstore in West Philadelphia, with a carefully selected array of new and discounted (but still new) books. We have children’s books, literary fiction, graphic novels, art, cookbooks, history, labor studies, politics, and much more. We’re at 4530 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143, just two blocks from Clark Park.

  • Address 1 1409 W. Erie Ave.
  • Phone (215) 965-1559
  • Address 1 311 N. 20th St
  • Phone (215) 567-0527
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

Book Corner was established in 1991 as a program of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, an independent not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for library services for city residents in every neighborhood. We offer an eclectic selection of new, rare, out-of-print, and quality used, publicly donated books.

  • Address 1 709 S. 4th St.
  • Phone (215) 592-1207
  • Type Used books
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  • Address 1 345 S. 12th St.
  • Phone (215) 923-2960
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Feminist
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
There’s no better place to see the breadth and depth of lgbt culture. Our staff has, collectively, more than 100 years’ experience with our books, magazines, and movies, . Our regular announcements of new books and movies comprise the most up to date and complete listings of materials in our subjects available anywhere. Our website, broken into lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual sections, organizes by year and subject (fiction, parenting, etc.) almost all the books we’ve received going back about five years.
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  • Address 1 4526  Spruce St.
  • Phone (215) 222-1576
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Educational, Feminist, Literary
Our shop is located on two floors of a quiet, comfortable Victorian house on the edge of the University of Pennsylvania campus. The large stock of general and scholarly books is divided between new and used, and is well-organized and categorized.
  • Address 1 529 Bainbridge St.
  • Phone (215) 238-9838
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
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  • Address 1 130 S. 34th St.
  • Phone (215) 222-7600
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

One of Philly's oldest indie bookstores, we have been selling books with a special emphasis on scholarly titles since 1962. Our knowledgeable staff will help you find the book you want. If we don't have it in stock, we will be happy to order it for you!

Ulises is a bookshop and curatorial platform dedicated to artists' books and independent art publications.

  • Address 1 704 South St.
  • Phone (215) 413-0999
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Founded in 1976, the Wooden Shoe is an all volunteer, collectively-run, anarchist book store. Functioning within a system we oppose, we seek to be an example of one way things can function without anyone commanding or forcing us to think or act a certain way. We have neither bosses nor managers and make all of our decisions through consensus rather than majority rule voting so as to empower those involved. We also identify as an infoshop, meaning that we serve as a space for people to gather, learn, and find out more about like-minded activities happening in their communities.
  • City Title Pittsburgh
  • Address 1 929 Liberty Ave.
  • Phone (412) 471-1899
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Address 1 4812 Liberty Ave.
  • Phone (412) 687-4323
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 4000 Fifth Ave.
  • Phone (412) 648-1455
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 410 S. Craig St.
  • Phone (412) 681-9111
  • Type Used books

Acclaimed Pittsburgh bookstore with storied past seeks full- and part-time readers for an enduring relationship with books. Optional world and time travel. Curiosity, diversity, and humor recommended. Experience with words preferred but not required. Be prepared to lose yourself in our pages. Start immediately.

  • Address 1 5825 Forbes Ave
  • Phone (412) 422-2220
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
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  • Address 1 3138 Dobson St. 3rd Floor
  • Phone (412) 251-5451
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
  • Events Author Signings
Supporting individual creators, self-publishers and small presses while offering a curated collection of the best in comics, literature, art, music and cinema. An oasis at the crossroads of culture.
Journeys is about serenitybooks, gifts, and music created in 1989 to provide the community with the resources and inspiration to explore personal growth, life issues, and spirituality. The perfect place to find that special gift.

Nine Stories is a new and used bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • Address 1 3233 West Liberty Ave
  • Phone (412) 344-7444
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings

Rickert & Beagle Books is a strangely perfect used and new bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded by Chris Rickert and named for her and her friend Peter S Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and Summerlong.

New and used books in Bloomfield.

  • City Title Slippery Rock
  • Address 1 Slippery Rock University Union
  • Phone (724) 738-2104
  • Type New books
  • City Title Spring City
  • Address 1 514 Ridge Rd
  • Phone (610) 495-3001
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Come, browse, relax, enjoy our wide variety of books. Our shelves are organized and you'll appreciate our pricing policy. We also buy, sell, trade CDs & DVDs.

  • City Title Warren
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  • Address 1 227 Liberty St.
  • Phone (814) 688-3009
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
We are a Real Brick & Mortar Book Shop. Primarily used books, we also carry vintage vinyl LPs, CDs, DVDs, Audio Books and Sheet Music. We are open 6 days a week and on Sundays "By Chance." Thousands of Books in all subjects, from the more recent to the old, rare and obscure, you're sure to find something to satisfy you literary desires.

Main Point Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore, run by people who care about what you read. We have books for everyone in the family and a knowledgeable staff that can help you find the perfect gift. Stop by and check us out.

  • City Title Wellsboro
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  • Address 1 7 East Ave.
  • Phone (570) 724-5793
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
From My Shelf is located in beautiful, small-town Wellsboro, PA, right on historic Main Street. We're proud to be a customer-centered, independently-owned bookstore. Our knowledgeable staff and eclectic, ever-changing inventory has garnered us praise from big-city visitors and fellow small-town dwellers alike.
  • City Title West Chester
  • Address 1 865 Lenape Rd.
  • Phone (610) 696-0816

2nd Reading benefits the local Senior Center. It's a great place to find affordable, used books, especially fiction and classics.

We are one of two secondhand bookstores operated by the West Chester Senior Center. Our stock consists of donated books from the community, and all sales benefit senior citizens in the West Chester community.

  • City Title Williamsport
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  • Address 1 107 West 4th St.
  • Phone (570) 326-5764 or (888) 762-4526
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings
Established in 1841, Otto's is the oldest independent bookstore in the USA. Family owned since the '30s. Huge selection of both new and used. Web site lists over 3 1/2 million books and e-books. Speedy special orders. Come find the book you didn't know you needed.
  • City Title York
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  • Address 1 2107 Industrial Hwy
  • Phone (717) 843-2947
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
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